Kanye West gifts wife Kim Kardashian a hologram of her later father Robert for her 40th birthday


Kim Kardashian revealed on Thursday that she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye West, in celebration of her 40th birthday.

Famed attorney Robert Kardashian, who tragically passed away from esophageal cancer in July of 2003 at the age of 59, was brought to virtual life as a part of the unconventional gift, which a number of fans have branded ‘creepy’.

Among the statements made by the virtual incarnation of the late Kardashian patriarch were that his famous daughter was ‘all grown up’, while he also hailed Kanye, 43, as ‘the most genius man in the whole world’.

Virtual: Kim Kardashian revealed on Thursday that she received a hologram of her late father Robert from husband Kanye West , in celebration of her 40th birthday 

The two-and-a-half minute video showed the late Kardashian wearing a beige suit jacket layered over a crisp white dress shirt as he seemingly spoke directly to Kim.

‘Happy Birthday Kimberly,’ greeted the hologram. ‘Look at you! You’re 40 and all grown up. You look beautiful just like when you were a little girl.

‘I watch over you and your sisters and brother and the kids everyday. Sometimes I drop hints that I’m around,’ noted hologram Robert, who made reference to something the Kardashians refer to as a ‘big peefee’ (presumably a bodily function).

RIP: Famed attorney Robert Kardahsian tragically passed away from esophageal cancer in July of 2003 at the age of 59; Kim and Robert pictured together in an undated picture

RIP: Famed attorney Robert Kardahsian tragically passed away from esophageal cancer in July of 2003 at the age of 59; Kim and Robert pictured together in an undated picture

‘Remember when I would drive you to school in my tiny Mercedes everyday and we would listen to this song together,’ recalled Robert, as he began to jive to the beat of the 1961 hit Who Put The Bomp by Barry Mann.

As the track played out, hologram Robert made frequent thumbs up and even attempted to sing along to some of the catchiest lyrics. 

The Robert hologram then abruptly transitioned to a more serious tone as he delivered a heartfelt speech to Kim about how ‘proud’ he is of her and her accomplishments.

‘I am so proud of the woman you have become, Kimberly, and all that you’ve accomplished. All of your hard work, all of the businesses you have built are incredible.

Impressed: 'It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion,' gushed Kim, who shared a video of the hologram with her Twitter followers on Thursday

Impressed: ‘It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion,’ gushed Kim, who shared a video of the hologram with her Twitter followers on Thursday

‘But most impressive is your commitment to become a lawyer and and carry on my legacy,’ noted Robert with a smile and a tender hand on his heart.

‘It’s a long and a hard road, but it’s worth it. And I am with you every step of the way.’

He was referencing to Kim’s current four-year apprenticeship program at a well known California law firm, which she has already completed one year of, and her goal to take the bar exam in 2022.

Prior to his death, Robert worked as a successful lawyer in the Los Angeles area. Most famously, he was a legal member of the infamous ‘Dream Team’ that got football star and friend O.J. Simpson acquittal for double murder in 1995.

Greetings! 'Happy Birthday Kimberly!' greeted the hologram. 'Look at you! You're 40 and all grown up. You look beautiful just like when you were a little girl

Personal message: The hologram was seen directly addressing reality star Kim

Greetings! ‘Happy Birthday Kimberly,’ greeted the hologram. ‘Look at you! You’re 40 and all grown up. You look beautiful just like when you were a little girl

He then expressed his pride over Kim’s dedication to her Armenian ‘roots’ and the frequent support she often shows for the country.

‘The way that you’re connecting with your roots and supporting Armenia means so much to me. You are a proud Armenian and I am a proud Armenian father,’ he said. 

‘But the most important thing that I have witnessed is watching you grow your family. You married the most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world, Kanye West.

‘You are the most, most, most, most amazing mother to your four beautiful children. They are perfect.

Memory lane: At one point during the video, the hologram of Robert was also seen jiving to the beat of the 1961 hit Who Put The Bomp by Barry Mann

Memory lane: At one point during the video, the hologram of Robert was also seen jiving to the beat of the 1961 hit Who Put The Bomp by Barry Mann

Goodbye: 'I love you, Kimberly. Tell Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob that I love them and that I miss you all. Don't forget to say your prayers,' concluded the hologram, before fading into darkness

Goodbye: ‘I love you, Kimberly. Tell Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob that I love them and that I miss you all. Don’t forget to say your prayers,’ concluded the hologram, before fading into darkness

‘Keep doing what you’re doing, Kimberly. You are a beautiful soul. Know that I am very proud of you and I am always with you.’

Hologram Robert passionately declared that he has ‘built a firewall around [the Kardashian family].’

‘I love you, Kimberly. Tell Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob that I love them and that I miss you all. Don’t forget to say your prayers,’ concluded the realistic image of Kardashian before fading into the darkness. 

Sharing a video of the hologram with her Twitter followers on Thursday, mother-of-four Kim gushed: ‘A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. ✨ It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion.’

Husband: Kim married Kanye West in 2014 and they have since welcomed daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, four, and Psalm, one. Pictured at her birthday party

Husband: Kim married Kanye West in 2014 and they have since welcomed daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, four, and Psalm, one. Pictured at her birthday party

In a follow-up post, Kim wrote that she ‘can’t even describe what this meant to me and my sisters, my brother, my mom and closest friends to experience together’.

‘Thank you so much Kanye for this memory that will last a lifetime. Here’s a more close up view to see the incredible detail,’ concluded the KKW Beauty founder, who reuploaded the original clip in higher quality.

However, a large number of Twitter users appeared to be decidedly less impressed by the gesture as they flooded the micro-blogging platform with criticism.

One Twitter user admitted that the Robert Kardashian hologram was ‘a very thoughtful gift,’ but that they, personally, found it ‘creepy’. 

Creepy: One Twitter user admitted that the Robert Kardashian hologram was 'a very thoughtful gift,' but that they, personally, found it 'creepy'

Creepy: One Twitter user admitted that the Robert Kardashian hologram was ‘a very thoughtful gift,’ but that they, personally, found it ‘creepy’

Weird: Another plainly wrote that '2020 is the weirdest year of all time' after viewing the clip

Weird: Another plainly wrote that ‘2020 is the weirdest year of all time’ after viewing the clip

‘And I don’t think I’d want it, but she appreciates it so… whatever. These people have too much money and need to be taxed. A lot,’ they concluded.

‘Kim out here making sure we know how poor we are,’ wrote another irked user, who was hinting at the fact that a hologram is an unattainable gift for the average person. 

While another plainly wrote that ‘2020 is the weirdest year of all time’ after viewing the clip.

But a huge topic on social media happened to be when the hologram referred to Kim’s husband Kanye as a ‘genius’ during its heartfelt birthday speech to Kim.

Honestly? 'Kim out here making sure we know how poor we are,' tweeted one irked user, who was hinting at the fact that a hologram is an unattainable gift for the average person

Honestly? ‘Kim out here making sure we know how poor we are,’ tweeted one irked user, who was hinting at the fact that a hologram is an unattainable gift for the average person

Too cringe: Knowing that Kanye was the one behind the hologram's entire creation, fans and foes, alike, could not help but laugh at the rapper's apparent self-flattery

Too cringe: Knowing that Kanye was the one behind the hologram’s entire creation, fans and foes, alike, could not help but laugh at the rapper’s apparent self-flattery

Ruthless: Some labelled West an 'idiot' for seemingly faking praise from a deceased person, particularly one that happens to be your wife's father

Ruthless: Some labelled West an ‘idiot’ for seemingly faking praise from a deceased person, particularly one that happens to be your wife’s father

Knowing that Kanye was the one behind the hologram’s entire creation, fans and foes, alike, could not help but laugh at the rapper’s apparent self-flattery. 

‘My favorite part is when you fake dad says “You married the most, most, most, most, most, genius man of all time, Kanye West.” That was so sweet of Kanye,’ they tweeted, followed by a vomiting emoji. 

Another alleged that Kanye created the entire elaborate gift ‘just to write a script making it say that Kim married the most genius man in the world.’ 

They added: ‘That has to be in [Kanye’s] Top 10 most unreal moments. And that is NOT an easy list to get onto.’

Seeking attention: Many viewed Kim's decision to share the hologram's existence with the public as a means to to achieve 'validation' from fans

Seeking attention: Many viewed Kim’s decision to share the hologram’s existence with the public as a means to to achieve ‘validation’ from fans

So done: '...it's time for me to log off,' tweeted someone immediately after reading through Kim's post and viewing the virtual Robert for themselves

So done: ‘…it’s time for me to log off,’ tweeted someone immediately after reading through Kim’s post and viewing the virtual Robert for themselves

Referencing to Kanye’ infamous stage crash at the VMAs in 2009, as well as the iconic Tupac Shakur hologram that debuted at Coachella some years ago, one Twitter user combined the two events into one hilarious bit. 

‘What if Kanye jumped outta nowhere and was like “ok Kim’s ghost dad imma let you finish in a second! But 2pac has the best hologram of ALL TIME!”‘ they wrote.

Some labelled West an ‘idiot’ for seemingly faking praise from a deceased person, particularly one that happens to be your wife’s father.

Many viewed Kim’s decision to share the hologram’s existence with the public as a means to to achieve ‘validation’ from fans.

More positive: Meanwhile, celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, and those close to the Kardashian clan had much kinder things to say about Kanye's elaborate gift

More positive: Meanwhile, celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, and those close to the Kardashian clan had much kinder things to say about Kanye’s elaborate gift

Full of love: Kim's little brother and Robert's only son Rob, 33, left two blue heart emojis on Kim's post, as well as a crying emoji

Full of love: Kim’s little brother and Robert’s only son Rob, 33, left two blue heart emojis on Kim’s post, as well as a crying emoji

Witnessed it: Kim's BFF La La Anthony, who was in attendance when the hologram was unveiled, wrote: 'Still gives me chills to see this. In person this was so touching and emotional'

Witnessed it: Kim’s BFF La La Anthony, who was in attendance when the hologram was unveiled, wrote: ‘Still gives me chills to see this. In person this was so touching and emotional’

‘the celebs have now gone 9 months without getting direct validation from fans in any sort of regular capacity and they continue to break down in ways previously unforeseeable by man,’ read one poignant tweet. 

‘…it’s time for me to log off,’ tweeted someone immediately after reading through Kim’s post and viewing the virtual Robert for themselves.

Meanwhile, celebrities and those close to the Kardashian clan had much kinder things to say about Kanye’s elaborate gift.

Jennifer Lopez said ‘this is beautiful’ and left Kardashian a ‘Happy birthday ♥️’ in her Instagram comment section.

We are family: The late Robert is pictured with his children (L-R) Rob, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe

We are family: The late Robert is pictured with his children (L-R) Rob, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe

Kim’s little brother and Robert’s only son Rob, 33, left two blue heart emojis on Kim’s post, as well as a crying emoji.

Kim’s BFF La La Anthony, who was in attendance when the hologram was unveiled, wrote: ‘Still gives me chills to see this. In person this was so touching and emotional. What a beautiful gift.’

According to TMZ, Kanye delivered the unforgettable gift to his wife of six years and her family during their recent trip to Marlon Brando’s The Brando Resort in Tahiti. 

Rapper-turned-designer-turned-presidential candidate West reportedly ‘led Kim, Kris, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob into a dark room where the hologram was unveiled’.

Marriage: Robert married Kris Jenner in 1978 and during the span of their 13-year marriage, the former couple welcomed daughters Kourtney, 41, Kimberly, 40, Khloe, 36, and son Rob, 33

Marriage: Robert married Kris Jenner in 1978 and during the span of their 13-year marriage, the former couple welcomed daughters Kourtney, 41, Kimberly, 40, Khloe, 36, and son Rob, 33

Sources close to the situation claimed that the Kardashian family viewed Robert’s hologram ‘several times’ with guests, before asking to be ‘alone with it.’ 

As for how Kanye was able to make Robert come to life in such a detailed form, the rapper reportedly ‘paid a lot of attention’ to things Kim had told him over the years about her late father.

Especially how he would ‘leave her love notes and was always super supportive’ of her. 

Other sources told TMZ that Kanye ‘spent a lot of time in the studio poring over old video and audio of Robert to bring the vision to life’.

Surprise: Kim also got a surprise 40th birthday arranged by her family on a Keeping Up With Kardashians special. The family recreated a dance that they did for Kim at her 10th birthday

Surprise: Kim also got a surprise 40th birthday arranged by her family on a Keeping Up With Kardashians special. The family recreated a dance that they did for Kim at her 10th birthday

Artificial intelligence was also reportedly used to ‘finish off the project, which Kanye started in early September’.

Kim married West in 2014 and they have since welcomed daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, four, and Psalm, one. 

Robert married Kris Jenner, now 64, in 1978 and during the span of their 13 year marriage, the former couple welcomed daughters Kourtney, 41, Kimberly, 40, Khloe, 36, and son Rob, 33.

Robert and Kris divorced in 1991 and the Kardashian matriarch went onto to marry Caitlyn Jenner, 70.  

Parties: Kourtney said their father Robert had filmed many home movies of them as children. They decided to plaster the walls with footage from all Kim's previous birthday parties

Parties: Kourtney said their father Robert had filmed many home movies of them as children. They decided to plaster the walls with footage from all Kim’s previous birthday parties

Kim’s recent birthday getaway to Marlon Brando’s The Brando Resort in Tahiti has sparked massive backlash as critics complaining it was tone deaf and out of touch while many Americans battle coronavirus or have lost their jobs in the lockdown. 

The controversy circling the family began after Kim bragged about her luxurious trip, despite calling her self ‘humbled’ and ‘blessed.’  

She claimed in her caption that all her guests received ‘multiple health screens’ and quarantined two weeks before she surprised them with a trip to a private island to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Followers were completely caught off guard by Kim’s long-winded post detailing the extravagant affair.

Kim has been heavily criticized for taking a lavish vacation amid COVID-19 when so many people are dying from COVID-19 and suffering from losing their jobs, as well as not being able to get tested or see family for long periods of time. 

Car: Kim was even gifted with a replica of the Sweet 16 white BMW she received as a teenager

Car: Kim was even gifted with a replica of the Sweet 16 white BMW she received as a teenager

She wrote: ’40 and feeling so humbled and blessed. There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter.

‘For my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today.

‘Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment.

‘After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.

Heavily criticised: Kim has been heavily criticised for taking, and publicising, her lavish vacation amid the crippling COVID-19 pandemic

Heavily criticised: Kim has been heavily criticised for taking, and publicising, her lavish vacation amid the crippling COVID-19 pandemic

The 40-year-old star shamelessly shared a plethora of images from her trip, as she continued the party in the ocean for a night swim as well as footage from Sunday Service on the island.

Kim captioned the slideshow from her ocean adventure as ‘night swim,’ as she posed up a storm alongside Kourtney, her former personal assistant Stephanie Shepherd and LaLa Anthony.

She also shared a short clip as the last slide, with the four of them heading into the water as music blasted and cameras and videos were flashing around them. 

The reported $1 million luxurious vacation comes amid the global COVID-19 and strict lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus – with her home state of California under a non-essential travel ban – a guideline which Kim and her family ignored as they jetted to Tahiti via a private jet.

Speaking out in defence: Her sister Khloe Kardashian defended her during her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show following criticism for her 'tone deaf' posts

Speaking out in defence: Her sister Khloe Kardashian defended her during her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show following criticism for her ‘tone deaf’ posts

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